America’s Oldest Problem

Not in Our Lifetimes
The Future of Black Politics
Michael C. Dawson
University of Chicago Press, $26, 212 pp.

It’s too bad Michael Dawson isn’t a better writer—or that the University of Chicago Press didn’t provide him a better, more aggressive editor. That, at least, might have made this book less of a slog. Instead, the book is turgid, larded with the jargon of academic political science, and, in the end, not terribly enlightening.

Dawson’s thesis, simply put, is that injustice persists in American society—injustice especially having to do with race, but also with economics and class—and...

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